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Mitt Romney's Mormon Shell Game

"Mr. Romney, how close is Mormonism to Evangelical Christianity?"

``I told him, you cannot equate Mormonism with Christianity; you cannot say, `I am a Christian just like you,''' said Representative Bob Inglis of South Carolina, which is scheduled to hold the first primary among the Southern states. ``If he does that, every Baptist preacher in the South is going to have to go to the pulpit on Sunday and explain the differences.'' [link]

``When he goes around and says Jesus Christ is my Lord and savior, he ticks off at least half the evangelicals,'' [SBC’s Richard] Land said. ``He's picking a fight he's going to lose.'' [link]

“I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and the savior of mankind.” – December 6, 2007

Mitt, there you go again. You just lost.

There has been much speculation and posturing regarding today’s speech by Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney. Many in the media are having a difficult time understanding why Evangelical Christians would have concerns about Romney’s faith. Contrary to the opinion of many pundants, this issue is not about a denominational difference but rather about deception. Romney is a part of a religion which has hijacked some basic terms of Christianity and applied new definitions to them. Far from a simple denominational difference (which is akin to differences between brothers) Romney’s faith masquerades as Christianity while being a different species altogether.

What exactly does Mitt Romney’s religion teach about Jesus Christ? I’m glad you asked.

I will list a few differences and at the end of this article provide various references.

Bible- To the Christian the bible is the sole authority. To the Mormon it’s one of 5 such books. Wait until the next Mormon missionary comes to your house, they will mention one or two verses in the bible and then spend the rest of the conversation in the Book of Mormon. Romney knows that America’s Catholic and Protestant members do not share this view.

Salvation- Evangelical Christians believe that salvation comes through Christ alone. Mormons believe that salvation comes from their god ‘jesus’ and through their works in the Mormon Church. They also believe that everyone is "saved". (see Eternity below)

Church- The Mormon Church believes it’s the restoration of the true church and therefore only they have the true religion. So as Romney talks of religious tolerance his beliefs are really that his version is right and everyone else is wrong. But its okay… they don’t believe in hell.

Eternity- Christians believe Heaven is where those who follow Jesus will spend eternity with God. Hell is the place where those who do not follow Christ will spend eternity. Mormon’s believe that Jesus died for everyone so no one will face a true hell but rather all will enter heaven. Then from there we will all have levels of Heaven. Some people will even go on to have their own god-babies and be gods of their own planet.

God- Christians believe there is only one God who revealed himself in three forms: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe in one God who’s expressed himself in three ways. Mormon’s can’t tell you how many gods there are. Sure they will start with Jesus as they stand on your porch but ask them who Jesus’ god is. Then the god before that. The god before that, and so on…. They will eventually say “We don’t know how many gods there are. So while Christians believe in a personal God who’s at the top of the chain, the Mormon’s call their god Jesus but they believe there are infinite amounts of gods and one day Mitt Romney believes he too may become a god and have his god-babies. Romney believes he will one day be worshipped on his own planet.

So yes there is a shell game going on. There is a “bait and switch” act going on. Mitt Romney wants evangelical Christians to think that we’re all just branches on the same tree of faith. As he put it today “a symphony”. The truth is… we’re not playing the same song. A symphony has harmony but there is no harmony to the LDS church and Biblical Christianity. We do not believe in the same God and to say we do is a complete lie which Romney continues to propogate in this campaign.

So why do Evangelicals think it’s important? This is important because we are Americans and Americans don’t like to be deceived. Romney already has problems with being honest about where he stands. He was once pro-life, then pro-choice and now he’s pro-life again. Americans are over being deceived. Democrats believe Bush deceived them about the Iraq war and their own party deceived them about making a difference since the 2006 elections. Republicans believe democrats deceive them on a regular basis and Bush deceived them with his lack of a conservative fiscal policy. Approval ratings are in the 30% range for Bush and 12% range for Congress. The last thing Christians want is for our next president to be deceiving the American people about that which he claims to hold most dear to him, his own faith.

Finally, Mitt Romney said today that discussing these huge differences between his faith and evangelical Christianity would apply the religious litmus test that our founding father’s prohibited. This is yet more proof of deception which leads to my estimation that he is again playing shell games. The religious litmus test applies to the legal qualifications required of a president, not public opinion. While congress can require a minimum age and citizenship test, they cannot make a law regarding the religious preference of the President. This does not however mean that the American people themselves are not able to ask and know the religious preferences of their President.

If a potential president believes strongly in a god from Mars, it is fair game for Americans to say they are uncomfortable having their Commander-In-Chief praying to a god from Mars. If Mr. Romney felt that American Evangelicals really prayed to the same god to which he prays he wouldn’t have a problem articulating the major differences between Mormonism and Evangelical Christianity. But alas he chooses to play shell games and deceive the American people.

At the end of the day Romney is too polished, too deceptive, and too unstable to trust as the leader of the free world. His campaign should have either kept quiet about the whole thing or come clean. He’s made a poor decision by choosing to hide behind deception.

A quick reference chart:


Wacky beliefs I didn't talk about:

Temple Garments

Baptism for the Dead

More Differences:

From Leadership University

A comparrison chart

PDF of differences

A basic Google Search

posted by Tally Wilgis @ Thursday, December 06, 2007


At 10:41 AM, Blogger Travis LeMaster said...

I think you pretty much summed up the differences between evangelicals and Mormons - they are not the same thing no matter if Mitt or anyone else thinks they are.

At 6:27 PM, Blogger djchuang said...

It all makes for confusions of all kinds. The thing is, many Mormons do sincerely believe they are pretty much the same as other Christians. Most (doctrinally orthodox) Christians believe that Mormons are not orthodox and have a different set of beliefs and doctrines. So, when Mitt Romney makes statements about his faith that he does, he is being consistent with his own beliefs, even though he does indeed frustrate evangelicals for asserting his Mormonism as a "version" of Christianity, or "perversion". To battle out doctrinal details in the public square tends to add confusion rather than clarity.

At 10:06 AM, Blogger zealot4zion said...

There are big differences between the two religions, due to much investigation and questions to The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints I was capable of learning this. In my religion (Christian) we believe there is only one GOD ever. In my book, the BIBLE it explains that Satan got casted down to earth from heaven due to such desires. Remember everything we need to know is in one book the BIBLE. If you have questions go their don't base your faith on another imperfect human (including myself). We make mistakes GOD doesn't. GOD BLESS everyone and remember to keep praying that people of all denominations will learn to know the ONE TRUE GOD.


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